Went to Walmart for cleaning supplies and took a quick jaunt down the doll aisle. I was looking for another Raquelle to separate into body and head. I found Raquelle (last one) for 10 and some change, so I went ahead and got her. I also saw something interesting in an unexpected place--apparently there's a new "Barbie Mermaid Tale" movie coming back, and they have a variation on the face of one of the dolls I've never seen, so I grabbed her too. I put a different head on her body and will give it to my kids. Don't have a body for her yet, but I really like her face.
The Raquelle, meanwhile, has come home and her body given to a Model Muse who is over there showing off and shouting "Woohoo, look at this!" to all the other poor Model Muses who are still stuck in one position. Raquelle's head became sort of an experiment, but she turned out great.
I love the Rosie O'Donnell Barbie's body size, but hateHATE the Rosie head (I don't dislike Rosie, but the huge teeth on that head are very offputting). So I've looked for other options for her head, with two problems: 1. Her neck is bigger than a regular body, so you can't fit a normal sized barbie head on it.
2. Because her neck and body are bigger, some barbie-sized heads look way too small. Luckily, the newer "big headed" barbies are a decent size for her, so the only thing I had to do was adapt the neck hole.
The first few tries involved splitting a barbie head up the back--which works but will not stay without some gluing. I have one Rosie hybrid that I did that with, and while I like her, the neck looks sloppy. But the other day I had the idea, instead of making room at the back of the neck hole, why not make the room at the front of the neckhole? I used a practice head:
This is the mark around which I will carve with my exacto.
This is after the cutting.